Janet Clare designed Aubade: A Song to the Dawn, a beautiful line of fabrics. And I was in love. I bought a jelly roll and a mini-charm pack. Along with a neutral background and a darker background, I knew I wanted to use these in a quilt for Cristina. But here's where it gets tricky. For years I've been suggesting Cristina go improv and do interesting things - things like negative space and varying scale. So I knew I couldn't do just any old thing for Cristina's quilt. While I have coached her with her quilt-making and maybe helped finish a quilt or two and have made her various little bags and totes, I have never - in our 15-year friendship - made her a quilt.
the Keepsake Quilting catalogue. I like the visual interest of connecting blocks to one another, almost like game pieces. And the design for Cristina's quilt began to take shape. I didn't want it to be matchy-matchy, and I think the varying scale of the blocks and the little connector bits helped with that.
|The back of the quilt|
|The quilt and its various layers on the basting table.|
|The quilting is all straight-line with a walking foot. This part of the process is one I find very satisfying. Every line of stitching is soothing.|